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Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice

Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice programs combine a broad variety of topics and disciplines related to law enforcement, the courts, and America’s governmental and criminal justice systems. As an academic discipline, studies in criminal justice focus on the role and origin of criminality, social policy, and the law. A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice provides the fundamental basis for those who wish to pursue careers in government work, criminal or social law, and law enforcement.

This degree can also be used as a stepping stone to an advanced degree, such as a Master’s in Criminal Justice or a Master’s in Public Administration. Most 4-year colleges and universities offer at least a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, and many offer advanced degrees at the Master’s and Doctorate levels as well. Two-year colleges may offer an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Depending on the institution, the name of the degree differ from the traditional “Criminal Justice,” so don’t be surprised to see programs with names such as “Administration of Justice” or “Justice Studies.” The name may be different, but the coursework will be the same and the degree will be just as valuable in the end.

Career Options:
• Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
• Social Workers
• Federal Law Enforcement (DoD, Homeland Security, Food and Drug Administration)
• Court and Judicial System
• Criminology and Forensics

For more information, please refer to the following articles:

10 Steps to Getting a Government Job
The Path to Becoming a Federal Agent

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